Chelsea stormed through the first match of their Champions League group stage last night, taking advantage of lacklustre defending to sink six past Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues won’t find things as easy in their upcoming matches against Atletico Madrid and Roma, who drew 0-0 last night, but it was a morale boosting victory and one man was isolated for particular praise from a Chelsea legend.
Frank Lampard, covering the Chelsea match for BT Sport, claimed that Eden Hazard is capable of reaching the same heights as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on his day- a view that caused quite a stir on social media.
Hazard is yet to perform at the highest level for Chelsea in the European stage, enduring a sub-par season in Jose Mourinho’s ill-fated third year in West London two-years ago, and needs to find consistency in the competition this year if he’s to prove his worth.
He has, however, tormented Premier League defences and played a huge part in Chelsea’s two league titles over the course of the past three years, which is why Lampard rates the Belgian so highly.
Quality player, but no one on Messi, Ronaldo and Neymars level IMO
— Ryan McMillan (@RjcMcmillan) September 13, 2017
At Hazards age Messi and Ronaldo were both twice as good as he is now, the only person who potentially could is Neymar. 🔥
— Lewis (@LewisRackham) September 13, 2017
If he can score 50 + goals in a season consistently,and a ridiculous number of assists then we can have that conversation,not now
— Fredrick mwangi (@fredthuo) September 13, 2017
Im a massive fan of hazard but messi is the goat & ronaldo is not far behind. Sanchez had more goals & assists last season than edens last 2
— SuperSniperFxSignals (@Supersniperfx) September 13, 2017
Nowhere near that level. Neymar is close… hazard is not.
— Harriet 🤙 (@haighypoo) September 13, 2017
Has he played a game this season? Hasn't done a thing if he has! Sanchez, mane, Coutinho, Aguero, de bruyne all better
— Jay (@Jay_Castley) September 13, 2017
Disagree, he's nowhere near that level
— Brenters (@brenters85) September 13, 2017
Not a chance. Far too inconsistent
— Dane Conneely (@DaneConneely) September 13, 2017
Nowhere near their standard. massively overrated,disappeared for a whole season.these two barely have a bad game.hazard has the odd good one
— ray green (@winner0_0winner) September 13, 2017
IF he's on form maybe. But it's a huge if.
— Dougie (@Spin_Maestro) September 13, 2017